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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Fort Building Kit for Kids! Fort Magic Review (and a Giveaway!)

Sponsored Post Disclosure: My family received products from Fort Magic to write this review. 
This post does contain affiliate links that help pay for the free lessons and crafts I provide on this blog. 
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 


When my friends at Fort Magic contacted my family to review one of their super awesome fort building kits, 
I don't know who was more excited, the girls or me! I really do have the best job ever. 
We love to build forts and I am frequently asked to sacrifice kitchen chairs, sofa cushions, hair bands, and clothespins for the tiny architects who live in my house! I'm all for imaginative play but it gets frustrating for me and the girls when they are asking to drag my chairs into the backyard or upstairs to the playroom so they can build their latest fort, castle, storefront, or emergency vet clinic! 
Fort Magic solved this problem for my family by providing my two girls and all of their friends 
with hours of imaginative play, right out of the box! 



The box had all of the parts neatly sorted inside. 
It even comes with a really cool, resealable bag to store all the bits and pieces in when you're done!


The kit includes
* 165 Straight and Curved sticks in seven different sizes!
* 87 Connector pieces in five different shapes and sizes!
* 130 easy to use Fabric and Accessory Clips that securely fasten sheets or fabric to ANY shape or design your child invents with no sewing!  ANY fort can have a perfectly customized cover every time they play! 
* A full color, easy to read, instruction Manual with over 20 different designs to build! 
* A high quality Storage Bag that holds all of the Fort Magic pieces - so clean up is quick and easy every time! 


The girls worked together and were able to follow the simple instruction manual.
The book is filled with colorful and easy to understand photos -- 
 both of my girls, my "tween" E and my beginning reader "C" were able to follow along. 
It was great for the girls to work together and use their imaginations!




In the past two weeks, since our Fort Magic box first arrived, 
my girls have spent two different weekends building backyard forts and multiple after-school indoor structures.
They love being able to set up play houses in our new (read:empty) backyard 
that doesn't have any trees or landscaping yet! 


This morning, the girls worked together to build their own emergency vet clinic 
complete with a very realistic I.V. pole made from Fort Magic parts! 


My 7 year old, C wants to run a wild animal rescue clinic when she grows up. 
The poles clicked together to make a perfect IV pole for my little vet in training - 
I thought the girls were so clever when they showed me this! 


I see this new favorite toy becoming a classic in our house with years of play ahead of us!! 


This was C's doggy drive-thru and sewing shop. Pippi our rescue greyhound
was more than happy to come by for some goldfish snacks! 


The engineers at work.
My husband, the homebuilder, thinks it's completely awesome too!


This structure was a dog house, an igloo, a time machine, and an MRI 
in the course of one afternoon of imaginative outdoor play.

Fabric covers are not included with the kit but this was easy to solve, 
I purchased a couple of large, flat (cheap) bed sheets at our local big box store 
and added them to the fort building kit. 
No more asking mom if they can borrow my good sheets and get grass stains on them. 
Good Will or your local thrift store would be a great place to find cool fort building sheets as well. 
Our silk play scarves, and some old table cloths work beautifully with this kit as well!


There are small clips that connect your fabric to the play structure = so easy! 


I love the way this toy encourages my girls to use their imaginations.
They are little engineers at work figuring out how to construct and build anything they can think of!


Girl power!! P.S. Boys love it too!!!
This is not an inexpensive toy, it's an investment. I had sticker shock when I looked it up online! 
However, after watching my own kids play with it DAILY for the past two weeks, 
I have to say it's worth every penny. 
My girls are huge imaginative play and this allows them to take it to a whole new level!
So do you want one too? You know you do!
  You can purchase your own kit here or you can try to win one! 
Fort Magic and I are giving away a Fort Magic Kit ($199 retail value) to one of my readers.
The giveaway is open to US and Canada ages 18 and up.
The giveaway starts Tuesday March 25, 2014 and ends at midnight (PDT) April 1, 2014. 

Good luck! 
Warmly, Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea




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68 comments:

Jill said...

I visited Fort magic's site and LOVED the canoe/paddle/fishing pole design. I think kids of all ages would love this kit! Thank you for the giveaway and sharing the creativity of your "engineers"!

Kathy Clark said...

I think Fort Magic looks amazing! My girls would love it! I've checked out their website and I like their What's New section and just the overall website (explaining what it is and the things you can build). Very cool!

Carrie said...

I love that there are so many different ways you can create a "fort" with this kit. I've really been working at more construction/STEM toys for my girls.

Eva Scott said...

I think it's so cool that the possibilities are endless! Love that IV stand y'all made. Cute!

Pamster said...

Love how this fosters so much good brain activity - reeading and following directions, engineering ones own designs, and of course all the great imaginative play. We have a similar kit from a different company but I really like the scale of the FM pieces.

Karin said...

Considering I'm currently down both kitchen stools, a kitchen chair, and all my chip clips, I'd love to have a set like this! My boys would love to build a fort big enough for all three of them to fit inside. I think the race car looks pretty cool too.

Miriam Prantner said...

These kits are great! I love how versatile they are and I love that they have curved pieces!

MelissaLeech said...

These are AMAZING!! I had never heard of this before! So excited about this product!

CD said...

I love the ideas on the site.

Jackie said...

I love this idea! Especially the ability to create so many different types of forts from one kit. GREAT idea and would love one for my kids!

dre said...

My kids would love this fort! Looks like it would be great for parties as wrll!

Helen Howarth said...

WOW!!! just love this - we have a fort system but it doesn't have fabric attachment, which is a real pain and is limited to straight designs, this looks easier to get together and love the curved options and fabric clips! awesome - would love to give it a try!

taylor said...

Looks like fun! I love all the endless possibilities!

Janelle said...

I can not believe how many neat instructions/ideas they have! What fun.

Cortney McCurry said...

So many awesome forts to build! My kids would love this. I love how easy the fort magic website was to navigate.

Kelly said...

Love this idea. We are also always sacrificing furniture and the clothesline...I can't say I learned a whole lot at the website that is not covered in the review.

Kat said...

Oh my goodness that is AMAZING! And so perfect for my daughter's 5th birthday that is coming up! She LOVES building things, I think following the steps and instructions is her favorite part! Her big sister prefers to go to the beat of her own drum and tinker around on her own. Seriously, so cool- I can't believe all the fun forts you can build! Would love to win this one!

Nevarez Family said...

My girls would love these forts!

Mary S said...

I love the idea that fort magic can spark the imagination and let kids create different structures to fit their play! My kids would love this!

Alissa said...

I love that they have detailed instructions on making the custom-fit fabric covers. My son wants a unicorn castle and I could sew some extra-amazing covers!

CMcEver said...

I love the fort kit and want to get my daughter in on the building!

ChristineinDOT said...

I just love all of the possibilities - such open ended and creative play opportunities!

tandycat said...

Oooh, we want one of these so badly! Thanks for the chance! We love everything about this product and my girls have already started discussing how they would make their castles if they ever get one...

KRISTI GARWOOD said...

I love that Fort Magic has a 30 day guarantee.

David Sears said...

I like that you can clip the fabric tight, and the kids can use it outside.

David Sears said...

I like the clips that hold the fabric tight.

David Sears said...

I like the clips that hold the fabric tight.

David Sears said...

I like that they can use it outside. Also all the fabric covers you can get.

David Sears said...

I like the fabric covers you can get.

sarah said...

I've learned that this looks super cool for the kids, but it will take a little while to save up enough to purchase one! :)

Abbey Rumpler said...

I am so excited to have the opportunity to win this for my family! I learned by visiting the website that the company really stands by it's product by offering a full warranty on all the kit parts and if such a problem would arise they ship a replacement free of charge!!!

Mom2Ivy said...

I love all of the forts, but I think my daughter would love the mansion!

Olivia said...

I learned they offer a money back guarantee!

Laura said...

I love how many different things kids can make from just the one kit!

Karla said...

My little guys would LOVE to have one of these. I remember forts as a kid at my grandparents house across their clotheslines. Being right on the prairie with snakes this would be AWESOME for our basement!

Bridget Lawson said...

I love how sturdy this looks and how easy it seems to put it together!

LauraJJ said...

I learned that they have a section on DIY fabric covers and using bed sheets and fabric clips! So much fun!

LauraJJ said...

I learned that they have a section on DIY fabric covers and using bed sheets and fabric clips! So much fun!

Anne in NC said...

Love the idea of turning the fort kit into a spaceship! Thanks for the giveway!!

Suzy Ivy said...

Love how many ideas there are on the fort magic website and different kits.

Suzy Ivy said...

Love how many options and inspiration ideas and kits there are on the website.

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Remarkable toy that would enhance our library summer reading program that is all STEAM Science Technology Engineering Art Math.

Rachel~At the Butterfly Ball said...

I went on their site and was amazed by how many pieces are included in the set...It's huge!

Sharalyn Anderson said...

I visited the website and found out you can make cars and horses out of this, the possibilities are endless, what I would have done to have this to play with growing up. Thank you for this opportunity!!

Birdie Skolfield said...

I like that you can build an airplane out of Fort Magic my boys love planes !!!

Daylight Harbor said...

Oh this looks so cool! I especially like the boat!

One Fish said...

I love that you can make cars and horses!

Angelina said...

I love its versatility and how it can challenge the kids to use their imagination.

noreen said...

I love all of the different possibilities.

Theresa said...

Wow! There are so many creative possiblities that Fort Magic has on their website. I know my two would immediately try to build a pirate ship.

teachmama said...

I LOVE, love, love this idea, and I had no idea that this company existed!! Different sizes of kits, they all fit in a bag. I WANT ONE!

GREAT review, Mary Lea!! I always learn so much from you!

teachmama said...

I LOVE, love, love this company, and the fact that these kits get kids moving and thinking and creating makes me want to dance.

GREAT review, ML! You always sell me on things you like. Awesome job!

pamalot said...

I like how you can see a slide show of the designs.

SeaTF said...

Love the clips to use any fabric around the house.

Wendy Hutton said...

That they have so many neat designs you can make, I love the canoe

Nicole said...

I love that the kit contains enough for so many different builds.

The Keller Family said...

I love that you can make whatever you want! Let your imagination run wild! And that there are instruction son how to build something for those of us less creative... :)

Tracie Trump said...

My niece would love to make the castle. She would have so much fun building different options with her big brother!

Amy Heffernan said...

I learned that there are so many ways to make one!! :) So cool! I know my son would adore this.

Jamie Tarman said...

I love all the different things you can create and the clips to hold your blankets! Awesome!

Fiona said...

This looks awesome - I like the curved pieces and how stable it seems when built.

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I love that you can make multiple things from just one kit!

Christine Jessamine said...

my kids would love the fort magic castle

Delicia said...

New reader here, Love all your creative play ideas!

Nancy said...

my son loves the mansion kit! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

KLCB said...

I love the versatility and my 3 year old would love to make the rocket and castle :)

Melissa B said...

I visited the fort magic site and learned that my family NEEDS one of their forts!

mysillylittlelife said...

These are awesome! I love how open-ended these are. Truly all imagination powered and can be played with indoors or outdoors! I saw an awesome Elsa ice castle built with these on Pinterest, too.

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